High-throughput image analysis

Molecular biology is leading the charge in terms of doing large scale analysis in short periods of time. A recent addition is that of image analysis. Videos of cells under microscopes can be tracked at the thousands to determine rate of movement and distance traveled. Recent plugins have extended this to track lab animal movement include mice interactions when given a drug treatment. Its time to scale up to ecology. Cameras recording both still images and video are used constantly for animal behaviour studies around the globe. Processing the multitude of videos that are produced can be tricky, especially when much video is without an animal in the FOV.

Cue a program such as Icy which previously has been used to track cell or rodent movement, but now may be applied to following a pollinator on a flowering plant or a kangaroo rat eating from feeding trays.

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